Poetry Journal

Keep a poetry journal

Your poetry journal is your own collection of favorite poems (for this class). It’s your own anthology. In it, you will list all fifteen of the poems you read for this unit, including the title and the poet. Then you will choose five of these that are your favorite and write why you like the poem or what it means to you

For each of the five poems discuss:

  • Why you like the poem or what it means to you. Be specific with this. 
  • Give reasons and examples to support what you say. 
  • Point out something specific in the poem that connects to one of the five elements of poetry that we discussed in this class. For example, if you found a metaphor in the poem, write it down and explain it. Or if there is a great image in the poem, show what it is. Here is an Example of how to set up your Poetry Journal.
  • Each journal entry must be at least 150 words.

My Poetry Journal

I read the following fifteen poems: (you should use a numbered list for this)

  1. Title, poet
  2. Title, poet
  3. Title, poet
  4. Title, poet
  5. Title, poet
  6. Title, poet
  7. Title, poet
  8. Title, poet
  9. Title, poet
  10. Title, poet
  11. Title, poet
  12. Title, poet
  13. Title, poet
  14. Title, poet
  15. Title, poet

Next are my five favorite of those fifteen and my ideas about them.

Poem #1 (This is a heading only! Do NOT put the poem here).

Title, poet

Response goes in this cell: Write it in a paragraph. The bulleted list below is just to make the directions clear for you.

  • Write why you like the poem or what it means to you. What is this poem about? How do you know? Be specific with this. Give reasons and examples to support what you say.
  • Also, point out something specific in the poem that connects to one of the five elements of poetry found in the table at the top of this page. For example, if you found a metaphor in the poem, write it down and explain it. Or if there is a great image in the poem, show what it is.
  • Each journal response (entry) must be no shorter than 150 words

(Repeat a table like the one above for all five poems).

  

 

 

A numbered list is at the beginning of the document with the name of 15 poems and authors that the student has read.

  • Five poems are chosen to write the reflect summary.
  • Each reflective summary contains a minimum of 150 words.
  • Each reflective summary is clearly written about the poem indicated.
  • Each reflective summary includes information about what the poem means to the student. Textual support from the poem must be provided to reflect this information.
  • Each reflective summary should identify how that poem relates to the five elements of poetry. This should demonstrate an understanding of the elements of poetry and how to apply them to poems.
  • 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font
  • Double spaced
  • One inch margins
  • Any text cited appropriately
  • 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font
  • Double spaced
  • One inch margins
  • Any text cited appropriately
  • Responses are free of spelling or word use errors.
  • Responses contain a mixture of simple, complex, and compound/complex sentence structure.
  • Responses are free of run-on sentences or sentence fragments.
  • All punctuation is used appropriately.
  • All proper nouns and the beginnings of sentences are capitalized appropriately.
  • All other standard English grammar, punctuation, and spelling are followed.

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